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About John Hopton

John is a freelance writer from the UK, currently living in Japan and thoroughly enjoying their food and whiskey. His first novel, Three Little Boys, is currently available on Amazon.com.
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Ello: Facebook’s Morally Superior Alternative

Sep 30, 14 Ello: Facebook’s Morally Superior Alternative

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Technology

It was launched in March without very many people noticing, but is experiencing a new surge in popularity that nobody can fully explain. Ello, the social network that has no advertising, requires that new members have an invitation in order to join. So sought after are the invitations that they are being bought and sold on eBay. Not unexpectedly, Ello is being talked about in the context of representing an alternative to Facebook.

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Blurry Mess To Pro Shots: iPhone’s Photography Evolution

We all know how much Apple’s iPhone has improved since its first incarnation in 2007, but one photographer’s efforts help us to show just how far the product has come in terms of taking photos.

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Sex-Free Alternative To Tinder Offers Cuddles Only

Sep 27, 14 Sex-Free Alternative To Tinder Offers Cuddles Only

Posted by in Technology, WTF???

For those that want a relationship, there are plenty of long-established apps and websites to facilitate it. For those that want something a little more immediate - and let’s be honest, a little more promiscuous - there is Tinder. But what about people who want the sweet, intimate moments of a relationship but not the sex? The cuddles, the spooning? Now, there is Cuddlr.

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Cat Parasite Can Cause Mental Illness, Recklessness And Even Change A Country’s Behavior

Sep 24, 14 Cat Parasite Can Cause Mental Illness, Recklessness And Even Change A Country’s Behavior

Posted by in Health, Juxtaposed In Japan

Humans are not immune from the chemical warfare of animals. Toxoplasma is carried by several warm-blooded mammals, but most significantly by cats. It primarily affects rodents, but the condition of toxoplasmosis exists in a considerable proportion of humans, potentially a third of the human race worldwide and more in some countries.

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The “Online Country Club” – Social Media For The Insanely Wealthy

Sep 22, 14 The “Online Country Club” – Social Media For The Insanely Wealthy

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Technology

They may occasionally be distracted by helicopter rides and Michelin starred meals, but the super-rich love to social-network too. The only problem is that they seem to find, even if Facebook is often considered to be a breeding ground for egocentricity and passive-bragging for all of us, that a lot of the people they are connected to do not take kindly to their talk of the finer things in life.

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We Are Attracted To The Body Odor Of People With The Same Political Beliefs

Sep 21, 14 We Are Attracted To The Body Odor Of People With The Same Political Beliefs

Posted by in Science, WTF???

A new study in the American Journal of Political Science has revealed that people are attracted to others with similar political opinions, purely on the basis of their smell. A possible conclusion is that people who share the same political outlooks get together because they were subconsciously attracted by smell, before politics was even discussed.

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Tesla’s Rivalry With Edison: Two New Movies Disagree

Thomas Edison is viewed by many people as a scoundrel who stole ideas and sabotaged the work of others, particularly in regard to Nikola Tesla, who is portrayed as a rival. In 2015, two movies, both called Tesla will be released, but both will, it seems, have different views on the fabled rivalry.

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Rock Is Dead, Says KISS Frontman – Only In His Ostentatious Form Of It, Say I

In an interview with Esquire, KISS frontman Gene Simmons says that “Rock is finally dead.” He laments that it did not die naturally, but rather was “murdered,” in part by poor business practices and "file-sharing and downloading" by people who thought they "were entitled to have something for free."

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The Week In Wearables

Sep 09, 14 The Week In Wearables

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Technology

With an Apple press event announced for later today and coming at the same time of year that new gadgets are touted for holiday season shopping, along with the IFA consumer-electronics show in Berlin running from September 5th to the 10th, there is plenty of wearable tech to look at just now.

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Lego Band Plays Real Music – Awesome Or Worrying?

The Kotaku blog has a video of LEGO figures playing Everything Counts by Depeche Mode. Should we be pleased or worried? As most sane, or possibly cynical, readers may have guessed, the figures didn’t wander into a rehearsal room, have a couple of cigs and crack wise about groupies before striking up the tune.

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